The Great Southern Route : 2010 - 2011
GSR | 065 As there are yacht clubs in most ports, the clubs are the best source of information on local conditions. The yacht clubs like to be contacted in advance by those wishing to use their facilities. Most yacht clubs, such as those at Cape Town, Durban and Richards Bay, have their own hauling facilities or work closely with a local boatyard. Opportunities should be taken to explore the interior of this fascinating country. The Zululand Yacht Club in Richards Bay is a good place from which to visit the Umfoloze, Hluhluwe and St Lucia reserves, while Kruger Park can be easily reached from the Point Yacht Club in Durban. For any major repair, Cape Town and Durban have a complete range of services. Hout Bay, located some 20 miles south of Cape Town, is an excellent alternative for those who prefer a smaller port with surrounding beaches, wildlife and scenery to the busy marinas of Cape Town. Almost all repair facilities for smaller high pressure systems moving across from the Atlantic Coast of South America and travelling eastwards up the eastern seaboard of the South African coast. AVAILABILITY SHELTERED HARBOURS AND ANCHORAGES The third factor is the lack of sheltered harbours and anchorages, particularly between Durban and Port Elizabeth. The number of cruising yachts visiting South Africa has remained stable in recent years as the Red Sea route was preferred by yachts undertaking a circumnavigation. With the return of South Africa to the international fold, this has changed as more sailors are tempted to experience firsthand this country's many attractions. All round-the-world yacht races now include South Africa on their itinerary. The country's convenient position and excellent yachting facilities make it a natural stopover, added to which are the many nature reserves that make South Africa an interesting place to visit. One major drawback is the weather and sailing conditions; the waters around the tip of Africa being among the most dangerous in the world. THE SAILING PASSAGE between Durban and Cape Town has a reputation of being difficult and one of the most dangerous in the world, but for superyachts that are prepared with the right information and backed by the excellent South African weather forecasting resources, the passage can be extremely rewarding. Smaller South African sailing yachts sail along this coast all the time. The route from Cape Town to Durban is governed by three major factors: THE AGULHAS CURRENT This current is one of the great ocean currents of the world, running mainly from northeast to southwest, following the two hundred metre contour of the continental shelf and dissipating over the Agulhas Bank south of Mossel Bay. The main axis of the current is on or near the two hundred metre lineandcanrunatupto6knotsatits fastest point. THE VARIABLE WEATHER PATTERNS These patterns are governed by low and By Captain Richard Morris with Captain Anthony Daebritz S/Y Georgia CAPTAIN'S LOG SOUTH AFRICA Captain's cruising guide to South Africa The 'Cape of Good Hope' sailing route is an alternative to the Suez Canal/Red Sea route for circumnavigating yachts, with all the interesting Indian Ocean island stopovers en route.
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